All states set strict deadlines, which are referred to as “statutes of limitations,” for an injured party to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, an accident victim must file his or her lawsuit within two years after the accident happened.
Two years can seem like ample time within which to file a lawsuit, but if injuries are serious, the filing deadline can approach and quickly expire while the victim is still under medical care or in rehabilitative therapy. To prevent the loss of an opportunity to file a lawsuit to recover damages, the lawyers at Rutter Mills in Norfolk recommend that accident victims or their families contact a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
Are there exceptions to Virginia’s two-year deadline to file a personal injury case?
If an accident victim is less than 18 years old, he or she will have two years after his or her 18th birthday to file a personal injury lawsuit. Virginia also allows extensions for persons who have certain disabilities to file a personal injury lawsuit. Accident victims should not assume that an exception to the filing deadline will be available. The best course of action is for the victim to retain a qualified personal injury lawyer in the immediate aftermath of the accident.
What other deadlines should an accident victim consider?
If an accident victim’s injuries were caused by the Commonwealth of Virginia or a city or local government entity, the victim will need to file a notice of the claim with the appropriate entity within six to twelve months after the accident, depending on which entity is being sued. That notice is in addition to the requirement that the personal injury lawsuit must be filed within two years. Failure to file the specific form of notice that is required and with all necessary information within one year of the accident will be an absolute bar to recovering damages from a Virginia governmental entity.
Don’t miss the deadline to file a lawsuit in Virginia Beach!
For more than 50 years, Rutter Mills has helped accident victims in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, and elsewhere in Virginia to recover the maximum damages they deserve after a negligent party causes their injuries. Please contact a personal injury attorney at our firm as soon as possible after your accident. We will make sure that your lawsuit is filed before the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations and that your opportunity to recover your damages is fully preserved.
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